Doncaster Belles: Preparation is vital during run-in - Beth England

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Beth England insists preparation will continue to hold the key in Doncaster Rovers Belles’ pursuit of Sunderland in FA Women’s Super League 2 – with Oxford next up.

Rovers will have not played for 15 days by the time they make the trip to Abingdon to meet Oxford on Sunday (2pm), although their last outing would have certainly boosted confidence.

They put seven past London Bees at home for a much-needed first win in six in all competitions and first in four in the league as they attempt to topple leaders Sunderland.

And with their visit to Oxford marking the start of a period of four matches in 15 days, winger England insists getting everything right beforehand is going to prove vital for Doncaster.

“We had a really good build up to our previous game, training was strong and it definitely showed on the pitch,” she said.

“Our finishing in the final third was good and we were more clinical than in recent games.

“We want to continue that form going into the Oxford game and those afterwards.

“It is tight between us and Sunderland at the top of the league,” she added.

“No doubt we will both be fighting for it before the end of the season.

“But we are just going to keep pushing and get as many points as possible and then see what happens from there.”

Oxford, meanwhile, are in a similar position to London Bees towards the bottom of the league and are seeking to end a run of six straight defeats in all competitions against Doncaster.

Their last victory came on the road to Durham at the end of June and Oxford too face the same busy fixture schedule of four league games in 15 days.

Their first meeting in the league against Doncaster saw Rovers run out comfortable 4-1 winners.

n The FA Women’s Super League has been newly expanded to two leagues for 2014.

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